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Jack-knife | 'You don't know Jack' hip hop and breaks alternating Super Sunday between 1300-1500 GMT
Dare to play different. For many years, Jack-knife (also known as Uncle Jack) hosted his weekly show ‘Kool Hardcore’. It was Kool London’s first show consistently dedicated to underground hardcore (post hardcore era) and responsible for introducing many Kool London listeners to the alternative and darker side of hardcore rave music. He also created the ‘undiluted and uncompromised’ branded London based event - ‘kin Hardcore, an underground hardcore rave for those wanting to hear a much wider range of the genre.
Continuing his underground journey, Jack-knife now presents Kool London’s premier hip hop show; 'You don't know Jack!' This is his personal journey through the ‘golden age of hip hop’; (arguably the best years). Music which influenced this genre is sporadically sprinkled throughout so a keen ear and open mind is essential when listening. His other London based event ‘Run the Interference’ also showcases this style of hip hop as well as soul, funk and reggae.
Jack-knife takes a ‘purist’ attitude towards the music he plays and is swayed towards going in very deep rather than spreading thinly which he continues to demonstrate. He is also a keen vinyl turntablist!
Listen to Jack-knife alternating with Pressure X, Super Sunday afternoon between 1300-1500 GMT | 0800-1000 EST (NY) | 0500-0700 PDT (LA) | 2300-0100 EDT (NSW)
Keith Rinse-It | Alternating Tuesday night between 2100-2300 GMT
A Dj/producer from East London, Keith has been a Dj since 1992 and a producer since 1999. You can catch him on www.koollondon.com every other Tuesday 9-11pm with Marvellous Cain, Soul Culture and other artists from the label on rotation for the YardRock show, he signed to RIQ YardRock in 2012 along with some very talented artists and a great team of people to back it up, he has played all over Europe and it goes off whenever he steps on stage, already a favourite Yardrock artist with the Kool London listeners.
Listen to Keith Rinse-It on Tuesdays 2100-2300 | 1600-1800 EST (NY) | 1300-1500 PDT (LA)
Lady MC | Kool London guest MC passing through so listen out!
Best Female MC at the 2012 National Drum & Bass Awards, Lady MC has been an integral part of the jungle and drum & bass scene since as far back as 1995. She has built a reputation for herself as one of the hardest working women in all aspects of the art and music which surround her life. An incredible journey has led to ‘Best Female’ MC nods at the National Drum & Bass Awards four years in a row as well as her win this year, and 2012 marks a new chapter in her life.
Lady MC has had a fascinating career path, with many a twist and turn. Firstly establishing herself through her hard work and perseverance, Lady has had the experience of performing in many locations across the world, and with names as diverse as Rebel MC, Westwood, Fabio & Grooverider and many more. In terms of productions, factor in Mickey Finn and Darren Jay, S.P.Y. and Surgical, plus more. She has worked with Tommy Dee (who in turn has produced for Kanye West and Kylie Minogue), and has extensive experience of the US market, spending time with hip hop pioneers such as Afrika Bambaata and Kool DJ Herc. Her experience stretches to the TV arena as well, with prime time exposure on both BBC and Channel 4. In radio terms, Lady MC has found homes on Kool London, Kiss FM, Choice FM and BBC Radio 1 Xtra. You can currently catch Lady MC on KoolLondon.com forthnightly on Wednesdays 5-7pm with DJICandy and every six weeks on Mondays 9-11pm with Chris Intaface on the Liquid Heaven show.
In terms of what makes Lady MC unique, you need to think of four things – voice, lyrics, experience and versatility. There are no boundaries as far as this Lady is concerned. Her distinctive, clear vocal delivery leaves you in no doubt as to her seriousness, and this is backed up by her conscious lyrics of life and its emotions. Her stories detail where she has been and where she is headed, be they live or on record. No matter the music, Lady MC will sit on the beat all day and all night. And her versatility means that she is equally at home with live bands, such as Dust 21 and the Jungle Drummer, as she is with a more traditional DJ or producer set up.
Indeed, this flexibility stretches beyond the microphone. As well as her own music, Lady MC imparts her knowledge and love for life and achievement to others. She is well known for assisting young people, and those making their way in the scene. This ethos of helping others extended itself into establishing the British DJ&MC Academy, which ran from 2008-2011 and made an appearance on series 9 of the BBC’s Dragon’s Den.
Lady MC has been working with Run Tingz Recordings since 2011, and this connection resulted in the release of the single ‘I Got Love 4 U’ featuring Blackout JA in late 2011. The single reach number six in the Juno d&b charts. For the forthcoming Run Tingz album, Lady contributes two exclusive tracks. In addition, she is working with Emotive Records, and is planning to hit Germany with the Jungledub massive in the coming months.
Alongside her other commitments, Lady continues to run the London Urban Arts Academy. After her involvement with the BDJ&MC Academy, she set up the LUAA, an award-winning non-profit organisation created in 2009. Lady acts as manager, and occasionally gets hands on as a tutor. She is an inspiration to all of the users of the academy, using her talent and knowledge to help and develop young and up-and-coming artists in such areas as songwriting, lyrical skills, vocal coaching, recording and performance techniques. The Academy is an accredited body and is able to give its students qualifications in a range of areas.
Lady MC is not one to rest on her laurels, and is now branching out into motivational speaking, reaching out to young people, female entrepreneurs and those who have experienced the suicide of someone close to them, in order to empower those who hear her words.
You’ve found Lady MC through her music, but you’ll soon discover there is a lot, lot more to her than meets the eye and the ear.
Listen to the award winning Lady MC appearing fortnightly with iCandy, Wednesday drivetime between 1700-1900 GMT.
Liondub | Every Wednesday night between 2300-0100 GMT live from NYC
DJ Liondub comes correct. An authentic product of Brooklyn, his musical mindset was formed at the crossroads of major international bass vibrations originating from Jamaica, NYC and the UK. Inspired by the global rhythm culture emanating from the streets beneath his feet, Liondub has spent over 20 years pounding that very pavement in pursuit of his passion for bass heavy-beats.
Liondub has toured Europe extensively visiting 15 countries, performing over 70 international shows including radio sets on Kiss100 with DJ Hype, and legendary pirate stations Kool Fm with Remarc, MC Eksman and Navigator. Liondub has hit Europe's largest festivals and events in 2011/2012 including Playaz at the legendary London club Fabric, Sub Dub in Leeds, Champion Sound in Bristol, and Outlook Festival in Croatia, one of the worlds premiere electronic music festivals. At Home in New York City Liondub stays up to the time by constantly updating his musical selections, and up to speed by keeping residencies at upscale established venues like The Box, Double 7, Miss Lilys, Thombar, The James Hotel, Hotel On Rivington, Trump Soho and Studio XXI. In total, Liondub performed more than 240 shows worldwide in 2011 in addition to keeping regular radio slots on various radio stations and now the infamous Koollondon.com. His tireless work ethic and passion for music has given him endless opportunities, and garnered him a solid, loyal fanbase.
Armed with raw talent, right intentions, a humble demeanor and the tireless determination of a true New Yorker, he began DJ'ing in 1991. As a 7" toting reggae and hip-hop dj hustling in the LES, Liondub embarked on a journey that has since taken him to the four corners of the dub diaspora; from Jamaican Roots and Dancehall Reggae to the Jungle Drum and bass of the UK, from high up on Hip-Hop to down-low on Dubstep. Along the way he has worked with and studied under great masters, paid untold dues and kept it Bed-Sty real in the name of music; all-the-while sharpening skills, developing expertise and establishing critical relationships across geographic and sonic divides.
From NYC he criss-crossed North America and from London he performed all across Europe, all the while cultivating roots and building a solid foundation in his home-away-from-home, Jamaica. Always armed with a current arsenal of jungle/dubstep & reggae dubplates, Liondub's explosive, unique, sets have gone down a storm on stages shared by a lengthy list of legends including Sly & Robbie, Johnny Osbourne, Steel Pulse, Black Uhuru, Sister Nancy, Sizzla, Capleton, Morgan Heritage, Damian Marley, Afrika Baambaata, Jazzy Jay, The Fugees, The Beatnuts, DJ Krush, DJ Hype, Andy C, Goldie, Loefah, Kryptic Minds, Pinch, and Emalkay to name just a few. Emerging from the shadows of giants, Liondub's performances and mixes have moved him into the spotlight with re-current tours and podcast exclusives airing on urb.com and kmag.co.uk, home of the highly influential Knowledge Magazine.
Between stints as a wax-warrior you can find Liondub in the recording studio honing the flipside of his craft. 2010-12 saw Liondub remixing official tracks featuring Elephant Man, TopCat, Blackout JA, Brother Culture & Jahdan all to great acclaim with radio and club support across the globe. His steady stream of productions and artist voicings converged with the Toronto-based producer Marcus Visionary resulting in the launch of Liondub International. This multi-genre label has been sending massive waves through the sub-frequency obsessed bandwidth, peaking (so far) with "The General" featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore, a track co-produced with Matt Shadetek that was tipped as one of the top Ragga-influenced dubstep tracks of 2009. With ongoing support from massive selectors like DJ Hype, Shy FX, Annie Nightingale, Fabio, Rusko, Ramadanman, Chrissy Chris and MJ Cole, and current studio projects with Jah Cure, Sizzla, Capleton, Bounty Killer, John Holt, Horace Andy, and more, 2013 looks to be a year of exceptional promise for this well established dj and his new international imprint. Additionally Liondub partnered with Stephen 'Di Genius' McGregor of Big Ship Label fame to launch a series of remix projects to be released early 2013 featuring superstar reggae artists Chino, Stephen & Freddie McGregor, Christopher Martin, Morgan Heritage and more. Liondub45 is Liondub's newest label imprint co-founded in 2009 with legendary producer Victor Axelrod. Axelrod , Otherwise known as Ticklah, has produced under the wings of Mark Ronson for almost a decade now. Since its inception Liondub and Ticklah have released a catalog of collectible 7”s focusing on deep, vintage dub and scorching Roots Reggae showcasing the talents of a venerable collection of original foundation vocalists and young rising stars including Sugar Minott, Judah Eskender, Courtney John and Jahdan Blakkamoore.
So whether behind the decks as a DJ, behind the boards as a producer/engineer or behind the scenes as a label executive, event producer and record shop buyer, it is Liondub's uncommon ability to flow between these kindred yet surprisingly disparate musical spheres that distinguishes his creative vision and defines his professional ethos.
What emerges from Liondub's wide angle view of Dub history is an improbable yet fresh way forward that balances the warm soul and raw spontaneity of a Kingston Dancehall sound system with the exacting precision of a London Drum and Bass technician. That's no easy mission, but one Liondub delivers on daily.
Listen to Liondub live from NYC on Wednesdays 2300-0100 | 1800-2000 EST (NY) | 1500-1700 PDT (LA)
DJ Lusinda | Every Monday morning between 0900-1100 GMT
Lucinda's Monday breakfast show hosts an ecclectic mix - every week is different and unique bringing in artists and labels for interviews and music mind expansion! Everything from Funk, Soul, Hip Hop to event garde weirds and wonderful.
She has been playing and writing music since the tender age of seven and has been actively and professionally involved with the music industry for the last 13 years including working for Hed Kandi, Jazz FM, Kinetec Records and even a spell at Boosey and Hawkes! She is one of the very few female DJs in London active in pushing scenes forward, staging her own events, managing acts, producing her own tracks and running two record labels; Gruff Records and Victim Recordings.
Her sets incorporate a variety of different music, from funk, to hip hop, swing to rare groove, breaks to old skool drum and bass. Her sets focus on the raw end of the sound whilst still being both accessible and innovative. In a Lusinda set, you can expect a powerful array of colourful noises, bleeps and bad ass melodies, underpinned by the freshest of ruff beats and fat breaks (always adding a few old skool UK breaks to the cauldron).
During the last ten years, Lusinda has played across the globe in Venezuela, Spain, Italy, Poland, Belgrade, Bulgaria, Czech Republic and Barcelona plus a successfulseries of gigs in Brazil and travelled to Portugal and then Malta at the end of 2006 for the New Year. She also plays up and down the UK for infamous club nights in cities such as Edinburgh, Leeds, Sheffield, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff, Wales, Nottingham, Bristol and regularly on the London circuit. As if this wasn't enough strings to her bow, she has also founded two nights hosted in London; Rhythm Collision, which is a concept created to provide music from genres that have influenced the music we hear today - an eclectic night of cutting edge music showcasing ragga, dancehall, funk, electro, acid house and wonky beats and Swerved, which has gone from success to success, showcasing artists such as The Correspondents, Alejandro Toledo, Pest, North of Ping Pong, The Criminal Minds and Andy Smith to name a few. 2013 had her playing in Germany a few times and also for Boomtown and Fusion festival. Last year was a monumental year with her debut at Glastonbury an DJing again at Boomtown Festival plus her second release on Gruff.
This year has already seen the launch of her creative events company Minatour, DJing alongside the likes of Shy FX, Ragga Twins, Breakage and Mr Thing, having her first residencies at Roaring Boston in Chiswick and Always in Shoreditch plus Mischief, Illusive and Boomtown Festivals in the Summer and who knows what else!!
Listen to Lusinda on Mondays 0900-1100
Marvellous Cain | Alternating Tuesday night between 2100-2300 GMT
An absolute legend in the Jungle/drum and bass scene. Marvellous Cain had a series of big tunes during jungle's ragga heyday including 'The Hitman' and 'Dub plate Style' Marvellous Cain is now CEO of 'YARDROCK' one of the biggest, freshest and most talked about junglist movements in the scene today, this in correlation with the 'RIQ YARDROCK' record label, (producing some of the best tunes of 2013) Proud to be a Kool family member with a Tuesday night, weekly Yardrock show.
Listen to Marvellous Cain on Tuesdays 2100-2300 | 1600-1800 EST (NY) | 1300-1500 PDT (LA)
The Shrimp On The Barbie Show!
Mickey Dubz, Dubnekta, Gedi & Rabblez MC | Saturday morning between 0300-0500 GMT | 1400-1600 NZ | 1200-1400 QLD
Mickey Dubz is a true Junglist. It all started when he heard a Kool FM tape at school in 96. In 98 he started mixing and soon found himself at his local record store most days. After moving to Brisbane he linked up with the Basscreepz, a Brisbane Drum & Bass crew. From there, he has supported some of the biggest names in Jungle / Drum & Bass, guest mix's on RDU FM (Christchurch, New Zealand), Metro FM & has been presenting the Basscreepz DnB TeeVee since then.
Dubnekta started out in the early 90's mixing Breakbeat and Hip-Hop. The need for bass took him to the scene of Sydney - Australia which is where it all started for him. Since moving up to Queensland he joined the BassCreepz, mixing the darker side of Dubstep and Drum & Bass melting dance floors across Australia. The past few years have been busy for Dubnekta, with most weekends booked out along side Mickey Dubz, Rabblez MC and Gedi. Dubnekta has had the privilege of supporting the likes of Truth, Andy C, Crissy Cris and Chasing Shadows to name a few.
Gedi originally from Christchurch - New Zealand has been DJing for many years now, only in the last 2 years has he taken it further with regular gigs supporting some of Drum & Bass's finest artis's such as Crissy Criss The Qemists, Culture Shock, Delta Heavy & Prototypes as well as holding down a weekly dnb tv show along side Mickey Dubz & Rabblez MC.
Originally from Auckland - New Zealand, Andrew Morris AKA Rabblez MC found love for Drum & Bass as a teenager, already into writing hip hop rhymes he started focusing on DnB. After Moving to Australia he fell away from writing lyrics until finally established in Brisbane, where he met Mickey Dubz who inspired him to start writing again and two venture out into the Brisbane Drum & Bass scene. Rabblez has MC’d alongside some of the best in Drum & Bass, Loadstar, Crissy Criss, Mickey Finn aswell as countless support slots. With original lyrics, melodic flows and a unique style Rabblez lights up any dance floor when he steps to the mic.
Listen to Mickey Dubz, Rabblez MC, Gedi and Dubnekta on Kool London for The Shrimp On The Barbie Show live and direct from Brisbane Australia, every Saturday 0300-0500 GMT | 1200-1400 QLD time | 1400-1600 NZ time.
Pressure X | Alternating Super Sunday afternoon between 1300-1500 GMT
It’s been a long journey from the early 90's where I started on the world famous Kool. Known as DJ Pressure X to the jungle drum and bass massive, it all started from being inspired by my mates who were so bad at mixing that I just knew I could do much better. I started in my hometown of Hackney in East London where Kool were based for years and gave in a mix tape to DJ Brockie and Slippery whom I already knew. They liked what they heard and from there I started with the 9-11 Saturday morning show where MC Times 2 and I made a wealth of supporters.
We then started the Super Sunday 5-7 evenings where we had some mega shows down the years as anyone connected will tell you. Many people still talk about those shows today where myself, Flinty & Deman (Ragga Twins), MC Navigator and 5ive 0 used to smash up the Sunday evening with those killa dub plates and lyrics to match - those days were the best in my opinion.
Club wise, it all really started for me at the Tasco Warehouse in Plumstead where I played at my first rave which was Telepathy back in 1991. From then, I played at numerous events including Desert Storm, Rush 2000, The Harder They Come, VIP Champagne Bash as well as being a regular DJ at Club Telepathy just to name a few, but the one I had most love for was none other than Jungle Fever. That was like our event, the Kool Family all under one roof including my first proper main arena set in 1993 (what a night for all that was there). Nights like that you never forget!
After some time out, I’m back for the love of Kool and jungle music!
Listen to Pressure X alternating with Jack-knife, Super Sunday afternoon between 1300-1500 GMT.
DJ Ruffride | Alternating Saturday night/Sunday morning between 0100-0300 GMT
Dj Ruffride first started DJing back in 1998 in small barns, muddy fields, and house parties. It wasn’t until 2004 when he started to break through into the circuit playing regularly in one of the biggest up and coming rooms in the UK – New-Nation hosted by the Mighty One-Nation. After taking over the reign of New-Nation in 2005 he started tour nights and DJing across the whole of the UK from Edinburgh to London.
He first started producing in 2005 and in 2009 paired up in the studio with Vital Elements with various releases played by Grooverider on Radio 1, forthcoming tracks on Grid Recordings and an 8 track LP due for release shortly. What will be next? One thing is for sure, this is definitely someone to watch out for.
Listen to DJ Ruffride every alternate Saturday night between 0100-0300 rotating with DJ FT.